February is a tough month (at least for me) it's still cold, dark, and not much seems to be happening. I'm still challenging myself to get outside at least three times per week during the months I'd most rather stay indoors and read, it's been tough but there have been some wonderful moments I've experienced just by being out.
The photos below are from just one day's adventure, I found a flock of Tundra Swans hanging out in Funk, the first shoots of the Skunk Cabbage, I watched Harriers hover and dart over a meadow, a nesting pair of Bald Eagles worked to find just the right nesting supplies, and found a great variety of mosses and lichen while enjoying my stroll.
February is modest, it brings the birds back, the buds on the trees, the earth starts opening once again - all without the grandiose and flourish of March & April's wildflowers or May's blooming trees.
February, I appreciate you.
The Northern Mockingbird
Winter is a great time to go out and see what birds you can find! Not all birds migrate during the winter (although some migrate down from the upper north to visit us during the winter months) and those who stay can start a great foundation on the start of a birding year-list (I'm up to 27 so far this year). With the bare trees, it's easy to notice any unusual movement or fluttering, that's how I spotted this Northern Mockingbird pretending it was a snowball at Barnes Preserve.
Migration map courtesy of All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.